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J Cosmet Dermatol. 2018 Feb;17(1):47-53. doi: 10.1111/jocd.12357. Epub 2017 May 14.

The effect of autologous activated platelet-rich plasma injection on female pattern hair loss: A randomized placebo-controlled study.

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Dermatology and Laser at Dermatology Unit, Medical Laser Applications, National Institute Of Laser Enhanced Sciences (NIlES), Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.



Hair is an essential part of a woman's appearance and attractiveness. This is reflected in the predominantly psychological morbidity that can be associated with female pattern hair loss. Platelet-rich plasma(PRP) has been used in numerous fields of medicine. Recently, PRP has received growing attention as a potential therapeutic tool for hair loss.


To evaluate the efficacy and safety of autologous platelet-rich plasma in the treatment of female pattern hair loss.


Thirty female patients with female pattern hair loss were randomly assigned to receive autologous PRP injection into a selected area, and another area was injected with normal saline as a placebo. Sessions were performed weekly for a maximum total of four sessions. Patients were followed up 6 months after the end of last session. The outcome was assessed both subjectively and objectively.


There was a statistical significant difference between PRP and placebo areas (P<.005) regarding both hair density and hair thickness as measured by a folliscope. The hair pull test became negative in PRP-injected areas in 25 patients (83%) with average number of three hairs. Global pictures showed a significant improvement in hair volume and quality together with a high overall patient satisfaction in PRP-injected sites, and these results were maintained during the 6-month follow- up.


Platelet-rich plasma injections can be regarded as an alternative for the treatment of female pattern hair loss with minimal morbidity and a low cost-to-benefit ratio.


female pattern hair loss; hair pull test; platelet-rich plasma

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